Subject Leads: Mrs Heaton (Junior School).
Please note that there is no statutory requirement to teach Languages in EYFS or KS1.
"To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world." Chinese Proverb
The skills of a great linguist:
- The ability to listen to, repeat and apply new words and phrases to our lessons
- To use prior learning of words, phrases and phonics and apply them to new learning
- To have the confidence to have a go & communicate without fear of making a mistake
- To notice patterns in words, root words and compare them to our own language to help us to decipher their meaning
- To practise a little every day so that we become great linguists
- To learn about the culture and traditions of Spain & other Spanish speaking countries
- To have fun learning Spanish ready for our future travels
Our vision for Spanish:
- Children are curious and ask questions
- Children join in lessons with enthusiasm
- Children make links with our own language, which helps to consolidate learning in both languages
- Children use phonetics to help read and write words fluently.
At St. Mary's, we begin timetabled Spanish lessons in Year 3 and build on our skills each year until we leave in Year 6. We begin by learning the basic core vocabulary, which includes greetings, talking about yourself, colours, numbers, calendar, basic grammar and the alphabet, before moving on to general topics or those related to our year group themes. Lessons are engaging, simple and fun using repetition and games to help us to consolidate learning. Throughout our time at St. Mary's we have many opportunities to learn about Spanish culture: this includes learning about festivals, traditions and food. We compare our traditions to those in Spain and South America. All of this prepares us to be confident linguists prepared for the workforce and to communicate as we travel across the globe feeling at home wherever we go.